World football great Pele says everybody wants to know what is happening with New York Cosmos.
The honorary president of the returning American outfit played for the Cosmos briefly back in the 1970s and is behind the reforming of the brand.
Pele says there is so much interest in the club that almost everybody he sees asks him about the Cosmos and never show interest in the 20-odd years he spent with Brazilian club Santos.
“Today, if you are all over the world – I talked with Giovanni (Savarese, Cosmos coach) just a few minutes ago – every place in the world you go, they say ‘Pele, when are the New York Cosmos coming back?’ Sometimes I get a little upset. I played 25 years in Santos, and nobody asks me,” said Pele.
“But I’m proud of that, because we made football – soccer – in the US well-known. Now we are here to come back to ask for your help, because New York is back. We’re going to start. I’m proud of this. We’re going to work hard to make this possible. I believe.
“It’s amazing. I arrive in China, I arrive in Africa, they say ‘Listen, what happened to New York Cosmos?’ That’s very important to know what it means to me to see the New York Cosmos come back. Fantastic.”